National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

Your skin plays an important role not only in how you look, but also in how you feel. Healthy skin maintains a proper barrier between your internal organs and your environment, keeping pathogens and other toxins out. While multiple factors, including your genetics, hygiene and other lifestyle habits, contribute to the health of your skin, poor nutrition has a detrimental effect on your skin tissue. Here are a couple of food options to keep your skin glowing and beautiful!

Blueberries have been ranked number one in antioxidant activity by the U.S Department of Agriculture compared to 40 common fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants in blueberries protect you from premature aging, so add half a cup to your yogurt or cereal every day, or eat them separately.

Wild Salmon is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized. Salmon has selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure. The vitamin D in salmon keeps your bones and teeth strong and healthy, too. You won’t have a problem adding salmon to your diet since there are hundreds of ways to enjoy this superfood. Try it grilled, baked, in your pasta, in your salad, in sushi, or just with a side of asparagus.

Spinach is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, it is loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkly. Spinach is also a great source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Many people are not a fan of spinach at first so try and slowly trade your lettuce for spinach or sauté it for a quick side to your meal.

Oysters are a good source of zinc, which aids in skin cell renewal and repair. Zinc also keeps your nails, hair, and eyes healthy.

Tomatoes are one of the best sources of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by your body when it is cooked or processed, so make sure to stock up on canned tomato sauce, tomato juice, and ketchup!

Walnuts have many benefits from smoother skin, healthy hair, brighter eyes, to strong bones. Get your daily dose of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E by eating a handful by themselves or throwing some in your salad, pasta, or dessert.

Kiwi is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, which keeps skin firm, helps prevent wrinkles, and are great for healthy bones and teeth. The antioxidants in kiwis also protect you from cancer and heart disease.

Finally dark chocolate one treat every girl has hidden somewhere! It helps skin stay hydrated and protects skin from sun damage, and contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause acne. Before you make a mad dash to the Godiva or Ghirardelli, however, keep in mind that the best kind of chocolate has a high flavanol content and should be at least 60 percent cocoa.

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